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Fertility Gift Guide to Support Black-Owned Businesses

February 18th, 2021 | 9 min. read

Fertility Gift Guide to Support Black-Owned Businesses
Sierra Dehmler

Sierra Dehmler

Sierra Dehmler is Illume Fertility’s Content Marketing Manager - and also a fertility patient herself. Combining empathy gained on her personal journey with her professional experience in marketing and content creation, she aims to empower and support other fertility patients by demystifying the fertility treatment process.

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Looking for some amazing products that will make your fertility journey a little bit easier and more comfortable? Or maybe you're simply searching for gift ideas for a friend or family member going through fertility treatment. No matter the reason, this fertility gift guide  offers up some genuinely helpful suggestions - and bonus: all of these purchases go directly towards supporting Black small business owners!

Here at RMA of Connecticut, we recognize the importance of uplifting and supporting the Black community, as well as helping to keep wonderful small businesses afloat. If you're looking to support small business and buy from Black-owned companies, we have some great ideas below. Read on to find out our top 12 recommendations!

Our Top 12 Gift Ideas for People Going Through Fertility Treatment 

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1. BLK&BOLD Loose Leaf Teas

Making yourself a cup of tea can be so much more than a simple break in the day - for some, it becomes a calming, peaceful ritual. BLK&BOLD offers many different loose leaf tea options that all sound delicious! They also have some amazing specialty coffees.

In addition to supporting a Black-owned small business, you'll also be helping at-risk youth with your purchase. BLK&BOLD donates 5% of their proceeds towards various community organizations

2. Godly Gorgeous Happy Illustration Notepad

Finding it challenging to keep track of all your morning monitoring, consults, procedure or transfer appointments? Check out Godly Georgeous' beautifully-designed (yet simple) Happy Illustration notepad. With ample space to fill in appointment details or make notes for each day of the week, this notepad is a helpful tool for any fertility patient.

Godly Gorgeous is an Etsy shop run by Andrea, a wife and mom of two. 

3. The Lip Bar Lipstick & Makeup

When you're going through fertility treatment, it feels like there's nothing in your life you're truly in control of anymore. Some patients find that doing their hair or makeup can make them feel more confident, empowered and ready for a difficult procedure or treatment.

The Lip Bar, owned by Melissa Butler, is a vegan, cruelty-free, makeup brand that believes in inclusive ideals and easy-to-use products. A Detroit native determined to make her business a success, Melissa was turned down by Shark Tank - but ended up with an incredibly popular brand now sold at Target and other stores across the country!

4. Charmed Bath & Body Bath Salts

Sometimes you just need a good self-care session to lower those stress hormones and help you relax at the end of a difficult day. These beautifully-packaged bath salts are the perfect addition to any warm, pampering bath.

Charmed Bath & Body is a small, handmade vegan skincare and body care brand run by Charmeas, an artisan based in South Carolina. All of her items are made with love, in small batches, to ensure the freshest products possible. Charmed Bath & Body believes that "what goes on your body is as important as what goes in your body." Their products are always 100% vegan, cruelty free, and free of harsh chemicals. 

5. 228 Grant Street Candle Co. Candles

Lighting a candle and filling your home with good scents goes a long way towards making you feel cozy. These beautifully scented candles from 228 Grant Street Candle Co. offer up the perfect excuse to take some deep breaths in and out - because we're sure you'll want more than one whiff!

228 Grant Street Candle Co. is owned by maker Kendal Brown, operates out of Baltimore, Maryland's Pigtown neighborhood, and has a heartwarming origin story rooted in family and community.

Pssst...overwhelmed by all the amazing choices? The Cedar and Vanilla candle caught our eye. And if you're purchasing a candle for someone else, they even offer e-gift cards!

6. Golde Clean Greens Face Mask

This gentle, nourishing face mask is made with 100% pure, edible superfoods and sure to make anyone in need of some self care feel pampered and refreshed. Golde started in a 1-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, New York and was the brainchild of two female founders, Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori (both women were only 23 years old at the time).
Golde's products are "a celebration of superfoods" that aim to enhance your daily routine and range all the way from morning smoothies mixes to skincare. They include only good, pure ingredients that treat your skin just right. And let's be honest - when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed during fertility treatment, skin care can be the first thing to go!
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7. Brother Vellies Cloud Socks

These comfy-looking, scrunchy Cloud Socks by Brother Vel lies look like the perfect pair to pull on for your next appointment or procedure! Guaranteed to keep your toes warm and cozy. Aurora James, Brother Vellies' Creative Director and Founder, says that one of the main goals of her company is to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. That's a mission we can get behind.
Besides all of that, and their focus on sustainability and commitment to making goods in America, there's another extra awesome benefit of purchasing from Brother Vellies: Proceeds from their Lavender socks fund their mask-making and food distribution initiative in Kenya. 

8. Partake Crunchy Ginger Snap Cookies

Born out of necessity after their daughter's food allergy diagnoses, Partake is a brand committed to delicious snacks that is also safe for those with multiple food allergies. Partake's founders work to raise awareness of the higher rates of food allergies in the Black community. These Crunchy Ginger Snap cookies are our top pick, though their entire product line looks super tasty.
As a Black female CEO & founder, Denise is truly passionate about "raising awareness and support for Black and female entrepreneurs, as well as increasing opportunities for women and people of color seeking careers in the food industry." Bonus? You're supporting a local family-owned business with heart.

9. Ethel's Club Digital Wellness Community

Ethel's Club is an online wellness community for people of color offering classes on yoga, guided meditations, breath work classes, skin care and beauty, fitness, and cultural experiences. As their founders state, their mission is to "create healing spaces that center and celebrate people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity." 

It's easy to lose yourself in a fertility journey, especially when appointments, research, and everything else it involves consumes a lot of your time. Joining a community like Ethel's Club is a great opportunity to reclaim a little bit of you back during the roller coaster of infertility. To learn more about everything Ethel's Club has to offer, visit their website!

10. {blade + bloom} Aromatherapy Oils

{blade + bloom} is a female and Black-owned apothecary (think: candles, aromatherapy oils, and skincare) making small batch products out of Chicago, Illinois. Founder Terri Foster believes that just because products are high-quality and stylish doesn't mean they can't be made in a sustainable, eco-conscious way.

Whether you're grabbing aromatherapy oils, candles, or any of their other beautifully-packaged products, you can feel good knowing that your purchases are supporting an awesome, ethical company - while also taking good care of you.

11. Movita Women's Healthcare Supplements & Prenatals

Tonya Lewis Lee, a women's health advocate passionate about the wellbeing of Black families, founded Movita with the mission to help women everywhere feel good and learn how to take back control of their personal health.

If you're going through a fertility journey, it's easy to feel like so much of the process is out of your hands. Choosing the appropriate supplements, including prenatal vitamins, can bring back some peace of mind as you navigate this challenging experience.

You should know that not all supplements and prenatals are right for you. We recommend speaking to a fertility nutritionist about the best supplements to help your specific journey after going through a complete fertility evaluation.

What else can you do to encourage a healthy pregnancy?  

Learn More About Prenatal Health

12. LOOM On-Demand Pregnancy & Postpartum Education

While LOOM is still in its beta stage, we highly recommend checking them out and signing up for early access! Their goal is to reimagine health education - specifically when it comes to reproductive health and pregnancy. Instead of bombarding you with polarizing advice, LOOM wants to lead with "flexibility, empathy, and science-backed support" for its users. No matter where you are in your fertility journey, education is vital (and empowering).

LOOM is led by doula Erica Chidi, an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles dedicated to creating an empowering space for people everywhere to learn more about their own health. Why we love it: Erica says "We should not be siloing postpartum from menopause, sex from fertility, or birth control from miscarriage. Any nonbinary [person] or woman—however you identify, if you have those reproductive parts—[is] going to flow through all of these potential experiences.” We applaud her efforts and encourage you to check LOOM out!

A Special Note From Our Team

As with anything else when it comes to your health, we encourage you to ask your RMA of Connecticut Care Team (or personal doctor) about the safety of any skincare ingredients or wellness practices before trying them out. While these products are all fantastic and should be safe for you to consume or try, your own medical team will know best how to guide you through testing out anything new and help you stay safe while trying to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy.